Will "Firefighters" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 24% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

No worries

or 17% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $24.45 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 200 out of 707

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People Employed (US)

Median Annual Wage (US)

Job description

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

SOC Code: 33-2011

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Kyle (Highly likely) says
Improvements in automatic sprinklers and fire suppression systems will replace the need for the fire fighting aspect of the job.
Mar 26, 2020 at 07:50 PM
Firefighter manager says
Wake up and smell the coffee technology is already impacting on the job ever heard of Boston Robotics
Mar 09, 2020 at 06:44 PM
Jack says
I image humans being fire fighters forever, because the robots may be on fire...
Mar 08, 2020 at 10:26 AM
Kevin (Highly likely) says
I think that AI should take over this job, because it is dangerous.
Jan 31, 2020 at 11:03 PM
Nguyen (No chance) says
There's not way a robot can preform the Heimlich manoeuvre on someone
Jan 28, 2020 at 04:22 AM
An Actual Firefighter says
If you think this will happen you’re f**king stupid.
Oct 18, 2019 at 12:32 AM
Em (No chance) says
You can't send a robot into a flaming building and expect it to adapt to its surroundings.
Oct 03, 2019 at 03:37 PM
Alvaro says
I can´t disagree more with this. Robots can be fireproof and humans are very affected by fire.
May 09, 2019 at 12:01 PM
Alvarado says
Problem I see with automation, still would be fun to attempt. Is that every building is different and the environment is changing, would also need to be able to feel and hear materials and their strengths. A lot of little details to automate, so extremely difficult. In terms of robots being physically more capable I'd say of course, but at same time likely heavier so would not work as well in a weaken building. But most likely I can see them being most useful being piloted remotely by firemen, and generally mostly when the environment is already rated as unpassable, so at the point where no firemen would enter the building anymore due to safety concerns. But in a potentially weakened building but safe enough to enter building, I could see humans having an advantage due to our lighter bodies.
Dec 18, 2019 at 02:37 AM

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